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The Blacklist shocker: Season 8 finale delivers game-changing twist

Warning: This post contains spoilers from the season 8 finale of The Blacklist.

Raymond Reddington changed Agent Elizabeth Keen's life when he walked into it years ago, and he did so again in the season 8 finale of The Blacklist.

In the closing moments of the episode, Liz (Megan Boone) was shot in the back by one of Neville's henchmen while meeting with Red (James Spader). The former agent fell into Red's arms as she bled out, before he walked away from her and the task force members ran to her aid. The twist confirmed reports that after eight seasons, Boone would be leaving the series.

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Leading up to that shocker, the finale centered on one question: Would Liz take over Reddington's empire? Liz was adamant about not doing so, and instead starting over with her daughter, until she bumped into a teenager who turned out to be the child she saved in the pilot. The teen encouraged Liz to keep making the world a better place. With Red's empire and the task force, Liz could continue the work to take down criminals. While she might have come around to the idea of following in Red's footsteps, his plan included her killing him to cement her place in the criminal underworld, which Liz couldn't do.

The promise of finally getting an answer about Red's identity was also taken away from her. Reddington promised she'd get a letter from her mother explaining everything after killing him and taking his place, because she'd never go through with it if she knew the truth. The clue was all she had, and it's all viewers will have as they wait for the crime drama to return for another season.

Wednesday evening, Boone bid farewell to The Blacklist on Instagram, posting a photo of her and Spader from the show. "This experience, for me, has been an entire life inside of my own life," she wrote. "These eight years playing Liz Keen have helped me better define the world and myself, as she set out to do the same. Liz sought incorruptible familial bonds, and collided with powerful forces to reveal the boundaries where a cruel, indifferent world ended and she began."

Boone added, "As her story ends I am grateful, most of all for the people I shared this time with: my fellow cast members present and past, our incredible crew who carried every single day for all involved, and those of you we entertained."

Liz's death marked a tragic end to a story that began with a talented, fresh-faced FBI agent. Reddington showed up and turned her life around as she fought to discover why he chose her and what their connection was. Unraveling his ties to her was an unrelenting pursuit on Liz's part, and one that remained unfinished because we still don't know who Reddington actually is. Keen died without the answer to that question, and also left her daughter Agnes behind.

The Blacklist has been renewed for season 9, but the show will never be the same again.

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The Blacklist season 9: Is Liz Keen really dead? Looking at theories

The BlacklistIs Liz Keen truly dead entering The Blacklistseason 9? The majority of information out there suggests so. We know that Megan Boone is leaving the show and with that, it just makes sense that the character is gone for good.

With that being said, isn’t it fun to theorize? We thought it’d be worthwhile to take a moment and further examine some of the biggest theories that are out there about Liz, and if some other epic twist could be in the works.

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Liz will be in a coma/in hiding – This is one of the only ones that we view as plausible. Maybe she doesn’t die, but is gone somewhere all season where it’s unclear if she makes it through or not. Or, maybe she recovers and Reddington hides her away for safe-keeping. The one reason to do this is it gives James Spader a purpose, and leaves the door open for Boone to return for a potential episode down the road.

The Liz who was shot was a fake – Given that we saw her talking right before Vandyke killed her, it would have to be an exact clone — Liz’s cyranoid in season 8 only looked vaguely like her! This one’s not realistic.

Liz will get a new face/be recast – Also highly implausible. We understand the idea of keeping the character on the show, but for them to do this and lose Megan from the show feels like they’re totally wiping away the impact of the finale.

Liz at least died knowing the truth about Reddington – Given that Dembe and Reddington weren’t together the whole finale, it’s possible he clued her in — this just wouldn’t have any impact on her fate.

Related – Be sure to get some more news when it comes to The Blacklist, including the exit of Jon Bokenkamp

What do you want to see coming up next on The Blacklist season 9?

Be sure to share some of your thoughts and theories on the subject below! After you do that, remember to stick around to get some other updates. (Photo: NBC.)

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If you’re a fan of NBC’s The Blacklist, you’ll remember Elizabeth Keen’s (Megan Boone) season 3 death. The loss sent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) into a hallucinogenic spiral. Then, a few episodes later, writers brought Liz back from the dead. What was the real reason behind this creative decision?

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It’s been four seasons since The Blacklist star, Megan Boone, was written out of the show. Viewers now know it was a plot device.

Season 3 killed off Agent Liz Keen (Boone) while she was in childbirth. At an undisclosed facility operated under Reddington’s (Spader) thumb for everyone’s safety, she died. By the season finale, fans learned that Liz faked her death to escape Red.

To make matters more complicated, her husband, Tom (Ryan Eggold), and Red’s right-hand woman, Mr. Kaplan (Susan Blommaert), were both in on it. The betrayal ended in Mr. Kaplan’s eventual death and Liz’s kidnapping by Alexander Kirk/Constantine Rostov (Ulrich Thomsen) — who claimed to be her father.

Executive producer, John Eisendrath told Entertainment Weekly that he and showrunner, Jon Bokenkemp, prepared for the wide range of fan reactions.

“People felt it would be a very sad and unfortunate turn of events because [Red and Liz’s] relationship is so important to the show. That was nice to see,” Bokenkamp added.

“It feels very organic to the story we’re telling, so if it were just a trick then, yeah, I could see how that would be a rip-off, but I think this is anything but that. I think this is a very organic story we’re telling, and it feels like something that her character would really do.”

Some fans did feel tricked by the storyline. But, there was a clear reason the producers wanted this to happen.

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The death of the main character in The Blacklist isn’t something many would’ve seen coming — which is why it worked. What didn’t work as well, according to some, is Elizabeth’s return.

Writers and producers had good reason to do what they did.

“When we [found out] Megan was pregnant, it felt like something we couldn’t ignore in a show that’s all about the nature of identity,” Bokenkamp said.

“Elizabeth Keen was adopted, doesn’t know where she comes from, and in a show that is so steep in that conversation, how do we ignore the fact that our lead actress is pregnant? As a natural progression from that, it seemed like Liz would want to protect her child from Reddington.”

Yes — Boone was pregnant in real life. She and fiancé, Dan Estabrook, welcomed a baby girl, Caroline Boone Estabrook, in April 2016.

“We definitely were in it for the long haul when we made a human,” Boone said via E! News.

That said, coordinating Liz’s on-screen death with her real-life childbirth proved nothing short of a Red-inspired plan.

Boone had to keep the plan a secret on the set

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Just as fans were in the dark about Liz’s faked death, so were Boone’s Blacklist co-stars.

“Jon [Bokenkamp] told me on a phone call while he was breaking Liz’s arc for season 3. I was in the lobby at Film Forum, so I had to stay very quiet and discrete, everything short of speaking in code,” she told Entertainment Weekly.

“I think all I said was, ‘Whoa… okay. Thank you for the information,’ and then went into the theater like the cat that ate the canary and watched Terminal Station. I both loved and hated having a secret for all that time. It was the first time in my life I’ve had a huge secret for a really long time and had to keep it from my cast and so many people close to me.”

One of those co-stars, Eggold, expressed his shock. When he found out, he no knowledge Boone would return.

“The dissemination of information was very chaotic at first. I heard from Megan first. She came up to me and was like, ‘I’m dead.’ And I said, ‘What?’ and she said, ‘Yeah. I’m dead on the show.’ And I basically said, ‘What? What are you talking about? We can’t do the show without you. There’s no way we’re going to kill you,'” Eggold told TV Line.

“And then we got the scripts, and everybody was like, ‘What?! Is this real? Is this happening?’ Of course, we all thought there was some way to turn it around.”

He continued: “The writers really didn’t want to tell us that she was going to come back, but I had so many questions, in terms of how to play certain scenes, and what knowledge I had and didn’t have,” he said. “And finally, Jon [Bokenkamp] was like, ‘All right, look, she’s not dead, man.’ And he told me the plan and why Tom was underreacting because he’s orchestrating this plan.”

Eggold reiterated much of what fans have said all over social media — you can’t have The Blacklist without [James Spader] or Boone.

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The following post contains major spoilers for The Blacklist‘s Season 8 finale. Proceed with caution!

Elizabeth Keen’s name was crossed off The Blacklist on Wednesday night — and it appeared to be done in permanent marker.

Just over a week after news of Megan Boone’s imminent exit from the show broke, the NBC drama wrote out her character by killing her via a gunshot in the back. (Read Boone’s farewell to the series here.)

The premise of Wednesday’s Season 8 finale was simple: Red promised to give Liz a letter her mother had left for her, which contained all of the long-awaited answers about Red’s identity and why he came into her life. But before she could obtain the letter, Liz had to kill Red.

With Neville Townsend recently eliminated, Red was certain that numerous other criminals would soon descend, all jockeying for control of Townsend’s empire. And since Townsend learned Red’s real identity before his demise, his potential successors all likely had that information, as well, which would put both Red and Liz in danger once again. The solution, as Red saw it, was for Liz to murder Red — cementing herself as a criminal not to be messed with — and inherit The Blacklist from him, which would give her necessary protection against any approaching enemies. Plus, Red’s mysterious illness, which hadn’t been mentioned in quite some time, is apparently terminal, and Red seemed to welcome the idea of finally surrendering to it.

The Blacklist Megan Boone LeavingAfter much internal debate (and a serendipitous run-in with a young woman whose life she saved back in the pilot episode), Liz agreed to Red’s proposal, and the plan was set: Liz would shoot Red in the street that night, shortly after he left a private party at Pascual’s restaurant. But when it came time to murder Red that evening, Liz aimed her gun at him, but couldn’t bring herself to pull the trigger. “I don’t want to,” she said, tears in her eyes. “I understand,” Red replied. But before Liz could do anything else, she was shot in the back by Townsend’s right-hand man, Vandyke. (Long hair. Beard. You know the guy. And Red immediately shot him multiple times in retaliation.)

As Liz collapsed to the ground, she saw her life flash before her eyes — bittersweet memories of Tom, Agnes, Dembe, Aram, Cooper and Ressler that doubled as a tribute to Boone’s years on the show. And when Red returned to Liz after killing Vandyke, Liz looked at him with a curious expression as memories of both Red and her mother, Katarina Rostova, played out in her mind, almost as though she was understanding Red’s real identity in that moment. And as Liz died, a flashback of Katarina kissing Baby Liz on the forehead when she was born was immediately juxtaposed with Red kissing her head in the present day on that street corner.

As is The Blacklist‘s way, it was never explicitly announced that Red is indeed Katarina. But Liz’s combined memories of Red and Katarina seemed to indicate as much, along with other hints Red dropped throughout the finale. “You knew her well?” Liz asked Red at one point, referencing Katarina. “Better than anyone,” he replied. And later, when Liz asked why she couldn’t know Red’s identity until he was dead, he told her, “Because if you knew beforehand, you’d never agree to kill me.” At this point, would it even make sense for Red to be anyone else?

Shortly after Liz’s death, Dembe pulled Red away from the scene and they fled on foot, just moments before Ressler, Cooper, Aram and Park arrived. Though they’d hoped to catch Red and Liz in time to intercept their murder plan, they instead found Liz lying on the street, with Red’s fedora tucked under her head.

OK, Blacklist fans, it’s your turn. What did you think of Boone’s final episode? And what do you make of Red’s possible identity? Cast your vote in our poll below, then drop a comment with your full reactions!

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The Blacklist: Is [SPOILER] Really Dead?

Characters seemingly die all the time on The Blacklist only to later turn up alive, so is Liz Keen really dead? NBC series The Blacklist is a crime thriller with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster ride. James Spader stars as criminal mastermind and wanted fugitive Raymond “Red” Reddington who turns himself in to the FBI and offers to help them track down other dangerous criminals on one condition; he will only work with rookie FBI profiler Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone).

Liz’s world was thrown upside down after Red waltzed his way into her life. Not only did Liz discover that her husband Tom (Ryan Eggold) was a spy hired to marry and keep tabs on her, she also learned dark secrets about her past – namely that she’s biologically related to Red and that her mother was a KGB agent. During the third season of The Blacklist, Liz was also forced to fake her own death not once but twice to avoid getting killed for real by some of the criminals her work and association with Red brought her way.

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So, when Liz died in Red’s arms during The Blacklist season 8 finale after being shot in the back by one of crime lord Neville Townsend’s (Reg Rogers) henchmen, longtime fans wondered whether her apparent death might be another yet another red herring. After all, it wouldn’t be out of character for Liz to fake her own death (again) plus she’s a main character in The Blacklist so really killing her off would be quite a drastic, game-changing move.

Unfortunately, it seems that Liz actually did die this time around. Shortly before the season 8 finale aired, news broke that both The Blacklist creator Jon Bokenkamp and Liz Keen actress Megan Boone was leaving the series for pastures new. According to several sources, the writing team behind The Blacklist knew that the season 8 finale would be Boone’s final episode and so had plenty of time to plan storylines that would conclude Liz’s arc and set the stage for her exit.

Still, that hasn’t stopped The Blacklist fandom from speculating that Liz’s latest death could be yet another fake out, or even from creating more outlandish theories like the “Liz” who was killed in the season 8 finale was actually a clone of the real Liz. Both Megan Boone and Liz Keen’s departure does seem pretty final, however, and with The Blacklist season 9 set to premiere in October 2021 viewers will find out for sure soon enough.

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The Blacklist (season 3)

Season of television series

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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes23
Original networkNBC
Original releaseOctober 1, 2015 (2015-10-01) –
May 19, 2016 (2016-05-19)

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The third season of the American crime thriller television series The Blacklist premiered on NBC on October 1, 2015 and concluded on May 19, 2016. The season consisted of 23 episodes.[1][2][3] The season was produced by Davis Entertainment, Universal Television, and Sony Pictures Television, and the executive producers were Jon Bokenkamp, John Davis, John Eisendrath, John Fox, and Joe Carnahan.

Premise[edit]

The third season sees Liz and Reddington on the run from the government and the Task Force. The first part of the season explores The Cabal's efforts to capture Liz and Reddington and their efforts to clear Liz's name. The Cabal is represented by the ruthless Director of the National Clandestine Service Peter Kotsiopulos (David Strathairn). The season also introduces Susan "Scottie" Hargrave (Famke Janssen), the mother of Tom Keen, Mattias Solomon (Edi Gathegi) and Nez Rowan (Tawny Cypress), key characters for the spin-off series The Blacklist: Redemption, focusing on Tom and Scottie Hargrave. The final episodes of the season also introduce a new series antagonist Alexander Kirk, AKA Konstantin Rostov, who claims to be Liz's father and will stop at nothing to protect her and win her loyalty. An important subplot for the season is Liz's pregnancy and Mr. Kaplan's (Susan Blommaert) efforts to protect Liz and Tom's daughter from Reddington.

Cast[edit]

See also: List of The Blacklist characters

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • David Strathairn as Peter Kotsiopulos, the Director of the National Clandestine Service.
  • Edi Gathegi as Matias Solomon, a Cabal operative sent to hunt down Reddington.
  • Adriane Lenox as Deputy Attorney General Reven Wright, the Department of Justice liaison to the Task Force.
  • Christine Lahti as Laurel Hitchin, National Security Advisor and chairman of the commission tasked with investigating the OREA bombing.
  • Margarita Levieva as Gina Zanetakos, a corporate terrorist turned master criminal who recruits Tom for a heist.
  • Andrew Divoff as Karakurt, a Russian assassin responsible for the OREA bombing and killing of Senator Hawkins.
  • Fisher Stevens as Marvin Gerard, Reddington's lawyer.
  • Peter Vack as Asher Sutton, a socialite whom Tom Keen exploits to track Karakurt.
  • Susan Blommaert as Mr. Kaplan, Reddington's personal cleaner.
  • Paul Reubens as Mr. Vargas, Reddington's double agent.
  • Tony Plana as Mr. Diaz, the Venezuelan Foreign Minister whom Reddington asks for help.
  • Conor Leslie as Gwen Hollander, Asher Sutton's girlfriend.
  • Clark Middleton as Glen Carter, a DMV employee occasionally employed by Reddington.
  • Ned van Zandt as Leonard Caul, an operative of Reddington's and an expert on computer security.
  • Deidre Lovejoy as Cynthia Panabaker, the White House Counsel.
  • Tawny Cypress as Nez Rowan, a mercenary.
  • Famke Janssen as Susan Scott "Scottie" Hargrave and the mother of Tom Keen.
  • Ulrich Thomsen as Alexander Kirk, the man claiming to be Liz's father.
  • Benito Martinez as Senator Robert Diaz, a presidential candidate being supported by Alexander Kirk.
  • Murphy Guyer as The Eye in the Sky.
  • Piter Marek as Nik, Liz's former boyfriend and Reddington's emergency doctor.

Episodes[edit]

See also: List of The Blacklist episodes

Production[edit]

Hisham Tawfiq, who plays Red's body man, Dembe Zuma, was promoted to series regular beginning with Season 3.[27]

Potential spin-off[edit]

Episode 22 was written by Bokenkamp and Eisendrath and directed by Michael Dinner as a potential spin-off of the series. It aired on May 12, 2016.[28] The spin-off was ordered titled The Blacklist: Redemption.[29]

Reception[edit]

The third season of The Blacklist received positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 93% approval rating based on 14 reviews, with an average score of 7.41/10. The consensus reads: "The Blacklist is back in top form with fresh dangers that put Red on the ropes while giving James Spader room to shine".[30]

Ratings[edit]

References[edit]

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Why The Blacklist's Dramatic Farewell To Liz Keen Was Super Unsatisfying

Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD for the Season 8 finale ofThe Blacklist, called "Konets."

News that The Blacklist would be saying goodbye to none other than Megan Boone's Elizabeth Keenin the Season 8 finale broke days ahead of "Konets" hitting the airwaves, so it wasn't a question of if the finale would write a character out, but how. Unfortunately for any fans who were somehow holding out for a happy ending for Liz, The Blacklist delivered a tragic conclusion to her journey. And for me at least, it was incredibly unsatisfying.

Liz's death would have come as quite a shocker if Megan Boone's departure hadn't been revealed ahead of time, as "Konets" seemed to be setting James Spader's Red up to die. Resigned to dying from his illness, Red concocted a scheme that would allow Liz to take over the Blacklist after his death... by killing him, with the promise that she would have a letter from her mom packed with answers after he was dead.

Liz was ultimately unable to pull the trigger, but that wasn't the case for the not-so-dearly departed Townsend's right-hand man, Vandyke, who shot Liz before being shot and killed himself by Red. Liz ultimately died in Red's arms after living just long enough for a poignant flashback sequence of the people who had been important to her.

In the grand scheme of things, the fact that Liz died wasn't what made The Blacklist's goodbye to her so unsatisfying for me. As soon as the news broke that Megan Boone was out but The Blacklist was continuing, the odds seemed pretty good that Liz wasn't long for the world, especially after she started to actually get some answers in the penultimate episode. What was so unsatisfying was that she died without actually getting the biggest answer of all: who is Red?

It's not altogether surprising – even if it is frustrating – that The Blacklist didn't want to give away the big answer about Red to the viewers when the story is still going, but the show certainly could have let Liz find out before she died! It could have been Red whispering it in her ear too quietly for viewers to hear, or Liz reading the letter that was conveniently positioned so viewers couldn't see it, or even having Liz's dying words as some variation "I know the truth."

As a viewer, I'm already resigned to possibly not getting the answers to the show's biggest questions until perhaps the series finale, but I wanted more for Liz than for her to die without getting the one answer she wanted most of all when she was so close.

And sure, the show seemingly dropped some clues in favor of the fan theory that Red is actually Katarina and therefore Liz's mom, but Liz won't be around to puzzle those clues out! I wish I was just sad about Liz dying, instead of also offended on her behalf about it. What would have been the harm in her learning the truth, if she was going to die anyway?!

While fans may need some time to process how The Blacklist said goodbye to Liz Keen after nearly a decade of her as leading lady, they can at least rest easy knowing that the show will be back. The Blacklist was renewed for Season 9 way back in January 2021, so Red and Co. will return to NBC in its regular 8 p.m. ET time slot on Fridays in the fall.

For some viewing options in the meantime, check out our 2021 summer TV premiere schedule! If you want to relive Megan Boone's time on The Blacklist, you can find the first seven seasons of the series streaming on Netflix now.

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